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Beauties and the Beasts… Braun and Brains

Posted by Astra on October 18, 2009

team canada


 There was a great article in Globe Life section this week about Canada’s national Women’s Hockey Team:


Team Canada played the Lethbridge (Alberta) Titans AAA men’s hockey team and the women won eight of nine games against these 16-to-18-year-old boys.  Aside from the clichés about boys scoring with girls, the article goes on to describe the one women’s team loss, the series in general and the insights drawn for playing hockey with the opposite gender…from both teams’ interesting perspectives.  In summary, the article suggested that both genders are equally capable of playing a very high level of hockey.  The men have incredible strength and speed adding to the sheer excitement of the game.  Women on the other hand are unbelievable skaters and passers working the game with greater creativity and finesse.  In the end, both Team Canada and the Lethbridge Titans left the ice and the series with a lot more respect for each other.

When it comes to hockey, I have no experience on the national scale; however I have been part of the minor hockey scene now for 9 years and just starting my 5th year as a hockey mom in girls hockey.   From my perspective (in the stands) I also can take away interesting observations:

  •  Both enjoy music in the dressing room, but the playlists are entirely different (though both are equally grating on the supervising parents’ nerves, but we keep quiet about it).
  • Taping your stick just so is equally important for both genders but girls seek out tape colour other than black or white.
  • It is not uncommon for girls to do their hair before the helmet goes on; it is decidedly less common (read: never) for a boy to coif before a game (after a game, different story)
  • Girls teams often have a mascot which accompanies them on the pre-game skate and to the player bench (at the younger ages); boys would not be caught dead with a mascot unless it happens to be someone’s younger sibling whom the boys have nicknamed “Killer” or “Sport” or “Squirt”
  • Both boys and girls like to win, but the girl’s post-loss dressing room is decidedly less gloomy than the boys.

My personal observations about the differences between girls and boys hockey are likely more age and maturity-related than they are gender related.  The older they get the better they get, the faster they get, the harder they shoot, the more they take it seriously and the smellier their sports bag. 

Go Team Canada Go


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